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04/04/2013 02:43 pm ET

Tibet Proclaimed Part Of China's Republic On April 4, 1912 (PHOTOS)

On April 4, 1912, China proclaimed a republic in Tibet, a move fiercely contested by Tibetans. The Chinese army had been in Tibet since 1909, when the Dalai Lama was forced to flee to India.

To this day, Tibetan sovereignty is a topic of fierce debate, highlighted by a recent wave of self-immolations in an ever-growing protest movement. According to the Associated Press, China blames the exiled Dalai Lama for encouraging the suicides and fueling Tibetan nationalism.

Check out these photos of Tibet at the turn of the century:

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Tibet At The Turn Of The Century
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